School board to consider budget

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By Lisa King

School board


to consider budget


Tentative plan for next school year


to be presented at meeting Thursday


By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer


The Shelby County Board of Education will consider a tentative budget for the 2009-2010 school year at its next regular board meeting Thursday night.


Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator for the school system, said that the board is required to approve a working budget by May 30 to ensure that the board has all the proper revisions in place by the upcoming school year.


Superintendent James Neihof said the proposed 2009-2010 budget will be $44,252,363, as opposed to last school year’s budget of $45,966,925.


“The budget is down because revenue is down,” he said. “This [2009-10 budget] lets us spend 99 percent of our revenue. It’s a break-even budget.”


The agenda for the meeting also includes construction updates on various school projects, including the new secondary center, to be presented by architects Sherman, Carter Barnhardt.


The board will also consider awarding the contract for the exterior painting project at Snowhill Maintenance Warehouse, the School Bus Garage and the Block Building at Greenhouse.


Fund raisers for booster club support organizations will also be up for approval, as well as the intention to apply for three grants: the Be Heard Grant, the Teaching Tolerance Grant, and the Moderate and Severe Disability Teacher Team Grant, all for Clear Creek Elementary School.


The board will also consider waiving a board policy to allow East Middle School's Technology Student Association (TSA) to participate in a Sunday activity on June 28.


Also, the board will conduct its usual housekeeping items such as public input, financial reports, and paying bills.


The meeting will take place at Central Office at 7 p.m. at 1155 West Main Street and is open to the public.